Sprinter Bianca Williams' partner said police racially profiled them
GB sprinter Bianca Williams’ athlete partner said police officers detained him during stop and search for ‘DWB – driving while black’, tribunal hears
- Conduct hearing heard that five Met Police officers stopped the couple’s car
- The couple claimed they were racially profiled and officers could face dismissal
The partner of GB sprinter Bianca Williams has accused police officers of detaining him during a stop and search for ‘DWB’ – driving while black, a police misconduct tribunal has heard.
Ms Williams, 29, and Portuguese athlete Ricardo Dos Santos, 28, were stopped by five Met Police officers while driving through west London while on their way home from training on July 4 2020 with their then-three-month-old son in the backseat.
The five officers then handcuffed Ms Williams and Mr Dos Santos before searching the couple’s Mercedes A-Class for weapons and drugs, having already ‘lied’ about the smell of cannabis coming from the car, the hearing was told. Nothing was found.
The incident was recorded on body cameras and footage was shown today at a six-week disciplinary hearing in south east London where the five Metropolitan Police officers could be dismissed if gross misconduct is proven.
During the stop and search Ms Williams, who is standing a short distance from her partner, told officers ‘I’m just frustrated’, ‘this is ridiculous’ and ‘my son is three months old, we would not do stupid things’.
Team GB athlete Bianca Williams (left) and her Portuguese partner Ricardo Dos Santos (right) were detained by the Met Police in west London with their son (centre) in the backseat
The couple were held for 45 minutes as five Met Police officers searched their Mercedes A-Class car
Acting Sergeant (A/PS) Rachel Simpson, Pc Allan Casey, Pc Jonathan Clapham, Pc Michael Bond and Pc Sam Franks deny all charges.
At one point during the footage Mr Dos Santos insists he has not been evading the police but was driving down streets that local residents would be aware of.
An officer asks if he has previously been arrested and Mr Dos Santos responds it was ‘for the same thing, DWB’ and the matter ended up in a fine.
He also can be heard telling the officers he is outside his house, urges them to check the licence plate of his cars and says: ‘I did not act suspicious, I’m coming home from training.’
He says he is not resisting the officers and they have made a mistake. He then swears multiple times at the officers and says they are racist’.
In opening the case, which is brought on behalf of the director general of the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) watchdog, Karon Monaghan KC said the treatment and detention of the couple who were ‘on the road for 45 minutes in full view of their neighbours was because they were black’.
The IOPC also alleges that some officers ‘lied’ in saying there was a smell of cannabis when they stopped the car and handcuffed the couple.
During the footage Mr Dos Santos, who says his legs are ‘absolutely shattered’ as he has just finished training, adds: ‘She is a GB professional athlete. I run for Portugal. All you lot are f*****. This is amazing. Welcome to my world.’
He stands to his feet and implores the officers to give him a drug test as he questions why he has been stopped.
Bianca Williams won a Gold medal for Team GB in the 4x100m relays at the 2018 European and Commonwealth Games
Bianca Williams (pictured) was handcuffed for 18 minutes while her partner Ricardo Dos Santos was handcuffed for 45 minutes
Mr Dos Santos also tells the police: ‘Do a drug roadside drugs test. Do it.
‘Why would I have cannabis when I have a little boy in a car and I am a professional athlete, both of us are professional athletes. I want a drug test.’
One of the officers can be heard telling him ‘are you a role model as an athlete?’
Mr Dos Santos says the police are ‘racist b*******’ and asks why they have stopped him.
Both Ms Williams, a gold medallist in the 4x100m relays at the 2018 European and Commonwealth Games, and Mr Dos Santos, a Portuguese 400m sprinter who competed at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, reject any suggestion they would take or be involved with cannabis as this would end their sponsorship deals.
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The Met officers were part of a territorial support group unit who were tasked with helping to cut priority crime such as gang and knife offences.
Ms Monaghan previously told the hearing that Ms Williams showed ‘distress’ at her contact with the officers and Mr Dos Santos had been stopped and searched by police since he was a teenager.
Another scene also shows Ms Williams referring to her partner and telling that ‘it is all the time, he gets it all the time’.
An female officer says they were stopped because the way the car was being driven which appeared like ‘a deliberate attempt’ to get away from the police in a district of London which has had problems with gangs and crime.
Ms Williams said that ‘if we wanted to get away from you, we would not have stopped here’ outside their home.
The five officers all face allegations that they breached police standards over equality and diversity during the stop-and-search.
A/PS Simpson and Pcs Clapham, Bond and Franks also face allegations their actions amounted to a breach of professional behaviour standards in relation to the use of force.
They are said to have failed in relation to their levels of authority, respect and courtesy as well as in their duties and responsibilities.
Pc Casey is also accused of breaching professional standards in the way he carried out his duties and responsibilities or gave orders and instructions.
It is also alleged that the honesty and integrity of Pcs Casey, Clapham, Bond and Franks breached professional behaviour standards.
The hearing continues.
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